Carry Me Down

By M. J. Hyland
Read by Gerard Doyle

9.47 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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John Egan is a misfit, a twelve-year-old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant. He has been able to detect lies for as long as he can remember and diligently keeps track of them, large and small, in a log of lies. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of World Records, a keenly inquisitive mind, and a kind of faith, John is like a tuning fork, sensitive to the vibrations within himself and his family’s shifting dynamics. From his changing voice, body, and psyche to his parents’ disheartening marital difficulties, this is a trying year in a fragile young boy’s life, and when his sanity reaches near collapse, a frightening family catastrophe threatens to ruin what little they have. Carry Me Down is a restrained, emotionally taut, and sometimes outrageously funny portrait whose drama drives toward, but narrowly averts, an unthinkable disaster.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2007 Hawthornden Prize

Winner of the 2007 Encore Award

A 2006 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

John Egan is a misfit, a twelve-year-old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant. He has been able to detect lies for as long as he can remember and diligently keeps track of them, large and small, in a log of lies. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of World Records, a keenly inquisitive mind, and a kind of faith, John is like a tuning fork, sensitive to the vibrations within himself and his family’s shifting dynamics.

From his changing voice, body, and psyche to his parents’ disheartening marital difficulties, this is a trying year in a fragile young boy’s life, and when his sanity reaches near collapse, a frightening family catastrophe threatens to ruin what little they have.

Carry Me Down is a restrained, emotionally taut, and sometimes outrageously funny portrait whose drama drives toward, but narrowly averts, an unthinkable disaster.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Carry Me Down is a heart-rending domestic full of compassion for the most ordinary of our human frailties.” Age
“A fast-paced psychological drama...Hyland’s novel is a fresh yet troubling reminder of the pain of lost innocence and the price of pursuing the truth.” People
“In taut, simple prose, Hyland meticulously captures the specific pains of growing up poor and lonely in Ireland.” Entertainment Weekly
“A spare, piercing testimony to the bewilderment and resiliency of youth…[John is] among the year’s memorable characters.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The child’s naive first-person, present-tense narrative brings achingly close his helplessness in a powerful adult world. He may be a giant, but he has no control...Focused on small things, the quiet plain scenes of daily life lead to the surprising and unforgettable climax.” Booklist
“Hyland demonstrates a mature sense of characterization and suspense in a thoroughly engaging narrative.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: M. J. Hyland

M. J. Hyland was born in London in 1968 to Irish parents and spent her early childhood in Dublin. She is the author of How the Light Gets In.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English